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Busy Philipps Opens Up About Pregnancy Stress, New Mom Hormones And Baby Names

Would you expect actress Busy Philipps, of TV hits Dawson’s Creek and Cougar Town, to be fun, candid, and a stunning natural beauty? Yeah? You’d be right! Here, she dishes about her second pregnancy, the inspiration behind daughter Birdie’s unique (and adorable) name and a couple, um, hormonal moments.

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Would you expect actress Busy Philipps, of TV hits Dawson’s Creek and Cougar Town, to be fun, candid, and a stunning natural beauty? Yeah? You’d be right! Here, she dishes about her second pregnancy, the inspiration behind daughter Birdie’s unique (and adorable) name and a couple, um, hormonal moments.

The Bump: Congrats on your pregnancy. You look gorgeous! Do you know what size fruit your baby is? At The Bump, that’s code for how many weeks pregnant you are.

Busy Philipps: I know! I have The Bump app, and I don’t think I’m a fruit anymore. I think I'm a vegetable now. [Flips through The Bump magazine.] Yep, my baby’s the size of a squash!

TB: How has the second pregnancy been compared with your first?

BP: It's been good! But I do I feel like I was even happier when I was pregnant with my daughter, Birdie. My husband recently reminded me that it was because I did nothing, all day long. I literally slept and went to prenatal yoga and meditated for nine months. And I ate nonstop! Now I'm stressed. I have to go back to work two months after the baby; I have a 4 year old; and I'm in involved in 47 different things. I can't say no to anything!

I agreed to go to the premier of my movie, A Case of You, at the Tribeca film festival. I said, “Sure, I'll go, and I'll also bring Birdie by myself to New York City, and take her to see some Broadway shows.” Because that's not stressful! I took my four-and-a-half-year-old at seven-and-a-half months pregnant on a six-hour flight to New York City. It was nuts. The second day, I had a breakdown in the bathroom by myself where I was like, "This was a terrible idea!" But she had so much fun. We saw Annie and Cinderella, and now she wants to be on Broadway.

TB: We’ve noticed that every mom has a moment when they realize, “Wow, I’m a mom!” Did you have one?

BP: About two days after Birdie was born, I had a crazy hormonal surge. I held her, looked at her and thought, She'll never understand how much I love her. I was at the same time realizing that I never understood how much my mom loved me, either. That's the moment you realize, oh boy.

TB: Birdie has the best name. How was it inspired?

BP: It was inspired by Lady Bird Johnson. She passed away right after my husband and I got married. We were listening to a story about her on NPR, and my husband really took to the name. Then, right before I had her, the first season of Mad Men aired. Don Draper calls January Jones’ character “Birdie.” I grew up with a nickname, so I knew I didn't want to name her one thing and then call her Birdie. I just wanted to name her the name we were going to call her.

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